Ricardo Moura, driving a Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo, increased his lead in the 56th Azores Rallye after the third and penultimate section of the event. Spanish Efren Llarena, in a similar car, now follows in second place, 14.7s behind the leader. Austrian Simon Wagner, who had finished the first leg in second place, lost some time in the first passage through Ribeira Grande and is now third, 25.5s behind the leader.
Simone Tempestini had a good morning, rising from sixth to fourth place, and the Spaniard Javier Pardo follows the Romanian in the classification table. Armindo Araújo, 6th in the overall classification, is the best among the main candidates to the national title and has now Bruno Magalhães, with a Hyundai i20 Rally2, at 11,6 seconds. The last positions of the top ten are held by the Azorean Rúben Rodrigues, driving a Citroën C3 Rally2, and the Italians Alberto Battistolli and Simone Campedelli.